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David Gillum

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EH&S Chief of Staff/Director of Biosafety and Biosecurity
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6412
Biography

David Gillum is the Chief of Staff for Environmental Health and Safety and Director of Biosafety and Biosecurity at Arizona State University. David received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

At ASU, David oversees more than 1,000 laboratories using biological materials, including BSL-3 and ABSL-3 Select Agent research facilities. He serves as the Institutional Biosafety Officer and Responsible Official for the Select Agent Program.

David is President-Elect of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International  and has been an active member of the safety community for over 25 years.

In 2011, David co-founded the Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA), an ABSA-affiliate, and served as President, Past-President, and Treasurer of the organization. In 2015, David established a partnership with ASU in Mexico and AMEXBIO to support biosafety collaborations within Mexico and other Central and South American countries. David has presented at several AMEXBIO conferences and welcomes future collaboration with international partners.

David’s service also includes contributions as Associate Editor of Applied Biosafety: Journal of ABSA International. His academic interests include the future of synthetic biology, gene editing, and gene drives, and how members of the public can have an active voice in the future of these technologies. He has authored and presented at dozens of conferences regarding these emerging biotechnologies and has written several articles for the ABSA journal, including two evaluating the value of biosafety professionals, as well as articles regarding biosecurity, personnel suitability programs, and the Arizona Biosecurity Workshop. 

Publications

Gillum D. Herramientas de Biología Sintética y su Manejo de Riesgos. Keynote presentation for the 10° Simposio Internacional de Bioseguridad y Biocustodia. 6 June 2018. Fiesta Americana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Presentation.

Gillum D. Introducción a la Biología Sintética. 4-hour, preconference course for the 10° Simposio Internacional de Bioseguridad y Biocustodia. 6 June 2018. Fiesta Americana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Presentation.

Gillum, D. Synthetic Biology, Gene Editing, and Gene Drive Technologies. Arizona Biosafety Alliance. 3 Nov 2017. Arizona Department of Health Services, Phoenix, AZ. Keynote Presentation.

Gillum D. Biosafety of CRISPR and Gene Drives. Front Range Biological Safety Association. 29 Sep 2017. University of Colorado, Boulder. Boulder, CO, USA. Presentation.

Gillum D. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) at Arizona a State University. 20 Sep 2017. Helmholtz Association, Berlin, Germany. Presentation.

Oye, K and D Gillum. New Stuff on Safety, Security, and Environmental Implications of Next Gen Editing Tools and Applications. Facilitating Safe Science, Practical Approaches for IBCs. Eagleson Institute. 5 Jun 2017. Casa Monica, St. Augustine, FL. Keynote Presentation.

Gillum D. Biosecurity, Personnel Suitability, and Select Agent Research. Arizona Biosecurity Workshop: An Event Hosted by Arizona State University, the Arizona Biosafety Alliance, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. 4 Nov 2016. ASU SkySong, Scottsdale, AZ. Presentation.

Gillum D, Mendoza IA, Scarpellini G, and C Mancini. Synthetic Biology, Genome Editing Technologies, and Gene Drives. 59th Annual Conference of American Biological Safety Association International. 30 Sep 2016. Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX. Preconference course.

Gillum D. La Bioseguridad en la Era de la Biología Sintética. Symposium of the Asociación Mexicana de Bioseguridad, A.C. 16 Jun 2016. El Instituto de Diagnóstico y Referencia Epidemiológicos (InDRE). Ciudad de México, CP, Mexico.

Gillum D. Genome Editing - What's Going On? Harvard Yale IBC Symposium. Intersection of Science, Safety and Policy - Focus on Synthetic Biology and CRISPR/Cas9. 3 May 2016. Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Gillum D. Synthetic Biology: Biosafety & Biosecurity. 58th Annual Conference of the American Biological Safety Association. 15 Oct 2015. Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence, RI. Presentation.

Gillum D. Introduction to Synthetic Biology. 58th Annual Conference of the American Biological Safety Association. 10 Oct 2015. Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence, RI. Pre-Conference Course.

Gillum D. Personnel Suitability and Occupational Health Programs. August Lunch Break Series for Biosafety Professionals. Behavior-Based Improvement Solutions. 12 Aug 2015. Online Presentation.

Gillum D. Biología Sintética: Biocustodia y Bioseguridad. 7th Simposio Internacional de Bioseguridad y Biocustodia. Annual Conference of the Asociación Mexicana de Bioseguridad, A.C. Mexico Ministry of Health - Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE). Mexico City, Mexico. 05 Jun 2015.

Gillum D. A Survey of Tier 1 BSAT Personnel Suitability and Occupational Health Programs. 57th Annual Conference of the American Biological Safety Association. 08 Oct 2014. Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA.

Igras I, Gillum D, and D Klug, Personnel Suitability Programs. AAAS, AAU, APLU, and FBI Conference: Bridging Science And Security For Biological Research. 21 Oct 2013. Washington, DC.

Gillum D, Manning B, and S Pisano. Development of a Comprehensive Hazardous Materials Management Program. Campus Safety and Health Environmental Management Association Conference. 18 Jul 2011. Minneapolis, MN.

Gillum D. Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) BASICS. Implementing an Effective Program of IBC Oversight. Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research Conference. 14 Mar 2005. San Diego, CA.

Prat E, Gillum D, Ellis B, Weirich B, and J Kanabrocki. BSL-3 Operations and Maintenance. Annual Conference of the American Biological Safety Association. 28 Oct 2005. Vancouver, BC.

Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 400Sustainabl for Sci Teacher
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 400Sustainabl for Sci Teacher
Honors / Awards

CSHEMA Innovation Award: This award honors the achievement of higher education institutions in the following areas of business and financial administration: process improvement and resource enhancement. The award was given for the ASU Compliance Officer Program. Compliance officers are university employees who voluntarily take EHS training classes, act as EHS liaisons and notify EHS of any unresolved compliance issues involving potential safety hazards, exposures, injuries or other issues. July 2018.

ABSA International Hashimoto Recognition Award: This award is given to individuals for their outstanding service in the disciplines of biosafety and biosecurity. October 2016.

CSHEMA Innovation Award: This award honors the achievement of higher education institutions in the following areas of business and financial administration: process improvement and resource enhancement. The award was given for the ASU Autoclave Training Video, which is a novel and comprehensive video designed to teach laboratory personnel how to properly use an autoclave.  June 2016.

CSHEMA Marketing and Communication Award: This award honors the achievement of higher education institutions in the areas of Marketing and Communication. The award was given for the ASU IceBox DeTox Challenge, which promotes having an accurate inventory of biological materials to prevent exposures to biological hazards and ensure safety of ASU personnel and the community. June 2016.

ABSA Outstanding Means of Communication Award: This award formally acknowledges high-impact and original (non-commercial) training materials for the safety profession. The award was given for the development of the University of New Hampshire’s Shipment of Biological Materials Manual. October 2003.

Professional Associations

American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International

Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA)

Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)

Work History

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Environmental Health and Safety

Chief of Staff for Environmental Health and Safety; Director of Biosafety and Biosecurity; and Responsible Official

November 2017 to Present

 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Environmental Health and Safety

EH&S Associate Director; Institutional Biosafety Officer; and Alternate Responsible Official

March 2011 to November 2017

 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Instructional Faculty for Sustainability Science for Teachers (SCN 400)

August 2015 – December 2016

 

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - Office of Environmental Health and Safety

 

Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety

July 2005 to February 2011

 

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Biological and Chemical Safety Officer

April 2002 to July 2005

 

Harvard University, Medical Campus, Boston, MA - Environmental Health and Safety

Assistant Safety Officer

March 2001 to April 2002

Board

2016-2018 Councilor, American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International

2015-2016 Treasurer, Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA)

2013-2014 President, Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA)

Executive Education Courses

Leadership in the New American University Management Certification Course, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2012

Human Interaction Laboratory: Transforming Interpersonal Relationships, NTL Institute, San Jose, CA, 2008

Management at UNH Leadership Certification Course, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2006